Sunday, December 21, 2014

K.I.S.S.

The Diva's Challenge this week is very simple, really simple: K.I.S.S.
Keep it simple, silly.
Of course, I learned it: Keep it simple, stupid.  
But any way you look at it: silly, stupid; the idea is to simplify your tile in some way. Simplify your string, simplify your tangles, whatever works for you.

So I did a little of both; simplified my string and my tangles. And I resisted the urge to shade.
That's all I was able to do this week. I hope to be able to accomplish more in the coming weeks.

Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

I'm Back

I've been away from blogging for a while, due to a cruise, planning for the cruise, recovering from the cruise, and just trying to get back into the groove.

Even though I haven't been posting anything here, I have been doing some of the challenges. But at this point, I'm just going to post the things I've done starting with last week's challenge at Joey's:
 The patterns are: Scrumble, Nvelope, Ojo, and Widgets. 
I think it came out all right.

Take a look at joey’s site to see the other entries, 
and maybe try one yourself.
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This week I combined the Diva's Challenge (Arukas) 
with Square One, Purely Zentangle (Gneiss) 
I did 2 versions:



I really like Arukas (Sakura spelled backwards, if you didn't notice), and will probably play around with it some more.

Be sure to visit the Diva's site, and Square One, Purely Zentangle to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.

That's it for this first time back, see you all next week.






 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

I only managed to complete 2 challenges this week; 
It's a String Thing #59, 
and Square One: Purely Zentangle; Betweed

For the latest  "It's a String Thing" 
Adele has designed a string inspired by
CZT Michelle Beauchamp's tangle, Oke
upon which we are to use that tangle: Oke, 
along with Meringue by CZT Kelley Kelly.

I've never cared much for Oke, but I love Meringue; it has a sort of Aquafleur feel to it. When I set Meringue on Adele's string, Oke fell right into place around it. Or would it be more correct to say behind it? At any rate, they were meant for each other.
I started to add some vein lines on Oke, 
but it just seemed like overkill; 
I like it just the way it is. I hope you do, too. 

Be sure to check out all the other entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.
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Betweed is the tangle of the week 
at Square One: Purely Zentangle. 

The premise at this site is to go back to the basics:  
Artwork created with nothing more than a 3.5" x 3.5" paper tile, pen and pencil...
no color, no eraser, no distraction. 
Betweed has always been, and remains, one of my favorite tangles. I have used it here with one of my favorite strings, #043, by Beth Snoderly

You can see all the other Square One entries, 
including previous tangles, here.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Square One: Fescu; Diva's Challenge: Phicops/Diva Dance Duotangle; It's a String Thing #58

The Square One tangle for the week just ending is Fescu.
Here it is with Ansu:
Watch out for Dex, coming next at 
Square One, Purely Zentangle.

Check out all the Square One entries here
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 Diva's Challenge #185 is a Duotangle: 
Phicops and Diva  Dance
Diva Dance is one of my favorite tangles, any or all versions of it. And, while not necessarily a favorite, I do like using Phicops. The 2 seemed to work well together.

Be sure to check out all the other entries here,  
and maybe try one of the challenges.
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It's a String Thing #58
Using String #58
and any or all of the following tangles:
Gingham by Margaret Bremner, CZT
Girdy by Karl Stewart
Gothic by Mariet Lustenhouwer
Girlande by Simone Bischoff

I actually used all 4 tangles for a change, which surprised me; as most of them were not ones I normally use. But I think I did manage to get them to work together, more or less.

String Thing entries can be viewed at Tickled to Tangle on Mondays, and if you've a mind to try one, the new challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
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Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

That String Thing #57

Well, I finally finished a tile for That String Thing #57. 
This is the string we were to use, by Jill Dobis:
 along with any or all of these tangles:
Drip Drop by CZT Debbie Perdue
Dekore by Kari Shultz
Dust Bunny by CZT Margaret Bremner
Drupe by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

I've been playing around with ideas for it all week, but nothing seemed to work. In the past, other strings, or tangles, or combinations of string and tangles have not totally appealed to me, but most of the time I've been able to turn them into something. Unfortunately, this is all I was able to come up with; not terrific; but not totally terrible either? Or, is it?


Check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.